German giants and possible title contenders Bayern Munich have been dealt a major blow as their first choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been ruled out for the next two weeks with a calf injury. With the race for the Bundesliga tight for Munich as Dortmund are neither far behind, Neuer’s injury could not have come at a worse time for the defending champions.
The World Cup winner sustained the injury during Bayern’s clash with Fortuna Duesseldorf on Sunday. With five games left to play, the Bavarians are just a point ahead of rivals Borussia Dortmund as Munich gun for a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title.
Reserve keeper Sven Ulreich steps up in place of injured Neuer. Bayern went on to win the clash against Fortuna 4-1 with Kingsley Coman’s brace, Serge Gnarby and Leon Goretzka scoring to keep the visitors alive in the title race.
Neuer has had injury problems over the recent years as he has suffered two metatarsal fractures which kept him out for most of last season. Bayern defender Mats Hummels will also be rested after suffering a mild leg knock.
Borussia’s hopes of winning the Bundesliga have taken a massive beating after BVB were relentlessly hammered 5-0 by Munich. The win saw the Bavarians claim the top spot in the Bundesliga.
Coach Nico Kovac is positive about Bayern retaining the title for a seventh consecutive time and feels that the players perform extremely well under pressure.
“It’s important that all the players are healthy and that we can draw from the full squad. We must be mentally strong when it comes to the crunch. Our players are used to playing under pressure, which they’ve experienced all too often in their careers, even if the title fight is a little closer than in previous years,” Kovac was quoted by Bundesliga.
Bayern face Werder Bremen, Nuremberg, Hannover, RB Leipzig, and Eintracht Frankfurt in their final fixtures.